Following a record setting regular season, the Kalamazoo College Baseball team will host their first game of the MIAA tournament Wednesday afternoon.
The Hornets who earned the #2 seed with a 20-8 conference record (28-12 overall), will host #3 seed Hope in the first game of the double elimination tournament, before traveling to Adrian on Thursday to face either Adrian or Calvin. Just a year ago the team made history by winning their first MIAA Tournament championship, advancing to the NCAA Regionals, this year the team has already set program records for wins and conference wins, and will look to defend their tournament title.
During the regular season, Kalamazoo went 3-1 against the Dutchmen, splitting the two games at home, and sweeping the road pair, outscoring Hope 26-17 over the four games. Overall in conference the two teams were very similar offensively, with only three runs separating them (185, 182), but the Hornets’ pitching staff allowed 71 fewer runs in conference play, just one run shy of Adrian for the conference best.
This season marks the fourth and final season for Coach Mike Ott’s first recruiting class at Kalamazoo, who have become the program’s all-time winningest class, amassing a record of 89-79, making the MIAA tournament in all four years. The senior class will look to finish their careers with back to back MIAA Tournament titles, and trips to the NCAA tournament.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Woodworth Field.